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post #1 of 18 Old 01-23-2017, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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Rusted chrome handles, what's best?

I have a early 70s Yardman, pre MTD, I believe they call it C3, 3rd generation, nice machine, heavy steel, metal round chute and gears, 12" impeller, 24", no engine but I have a 8hp Tecumseh to put on it.

Rust can be removed from painted metal in various ways but what do I do about the chrome handlebars? It would seem sending them somewhere for re-chroming would be expensive!!!??? Do I wire brush them down, sand, and spray paint them? Any idea what re-chroming costs?
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If you get the rust off and clean them up well you can then paint them with a metallic paint. I've done it on a couple of old Ariens and the results were remarkably good. MH

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I hear coke and tin foil works. other wise try some of that turtle wax metal polish on it.

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If you paint them, steel wool to provide scuffed surface for paint to adhere.


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A brush wheel on a bench grinder works well,too.
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I want the least aggressive method. I'm going to check out YouTube first. I'm leaning towards diet coke and aluminum foil first. Then may try Naval jelly on a small spot. Then not sure after that. I'll finish with a clear lacquer spray.
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Well,if you're trying to save the old chrome,I always use very fine steel wool and lathery soap and water.A good old SOS pad works perfectly,too.I did this to the chrome handles on my DR trimmer and it worked great.

I thought you were interested in prepping for paint on the handles,that's why I suggested the grinder brush wheel.
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If you want surface rust off, try LRC. You can get it in the grocery or hardware store. It's for taking off lime, rust and calcium in the bathroom. It will work for a while but the rust will come back. You can try then using something like Evaporust and soak it, helps some. Unfortunately nothing is 100% unless you get all the rust out from under the chrome.


Only real way to do it IMO is to do like they do with car bumpers, have them rechromed. Even that's not 100% as I've had one rechromed bumper that rust came back through on it.


Best realistic solution IMO is do the LRC, Evaporust then use some rust encapsulating primer then chrome paint. It's not bad and definitely a lot less expensive and realistic that having them rechromed.
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I have had good luck with repeated applications of "The Must for Rust" and steel wool pads in this situation. This is one of those fast acting
products as you laying it on, wait 5-10 minutes, then scrub it off.

Unfortunately, if the whole chrome handle bar is literally dark crusty brown, then it will be probably too far gone for this product to work though.

With the Evaporust above, you'll have to repaint as the product will dull down the surface. Evaporust is thin like water, so the directions call for
soaking paper towels in Evaporust and then laying the wet towels down on the surface-in-question for 24 hours.

Link: The Must for Rust - Rust Remover & Inhibitor
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